Just last week, I reported on a new cable TV documentary series, Hard Earned, being produced by Al Jazeera America and
the Chicago-based Kartemquin Films, about the struggles of low income families (HERE).
But that’s not the only documentary that Kartmequin Films has on its slate – a company responsible for some of the most important and acclaimed documentaries
made during the last 20 years such as Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, The Trials
of Muhammad Ali, and the soon-to-be released documentary on the late film
critic, Roger Ebert, Life Itself,.
They also have currently in the works, Raising Bertie, produced by Kartemquin
co founder Gordon Quinn and Justine
Nagan, and directed and produced by Margaret
Byrne, which deals with “three young men as they grow into adulthood
in a community where expectations are low and fighting is a way of life. In
rural Bertie County, an African American led community in North Carolina, their
leaders have the opportunity to improve the futures of their youth… and one
women’s attempt to elevate Bertie’s underprivileged youth and raise their
expectations for their future.“
Now, Raising Bertie, along with Hard Earned, and two other
works-in-progress – In the Game, about “how race, gender and class
impact, the life of a soccer coach and
the young women he is committed to helping,” and Generation Food, about
how a worldwide broken down food distribution system enables billions of people to be
overweight, while at the same time billions go hungry – will be sneak-previewed at the Gene Siskel Film Center in downtown Chicago, on Friday May 2nd, starting at 8:30PM.
Tickets are now currently on sale; to get yours and to
find out more info about the screening program, go HERE.